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9 Celebrities Who Had Alopecia Areata and Regrew Their Hair

Hair loss from Alopecia Areata is a lot more common than you may realise. After androgenetic alopecia, it is the second most common cause of hair loss in the world, even though it is actually classified as an autoimmune condition.

Presenting in men, women and even children, it appears as rounded bald patches anywhere on the scalp. These can range anywhere in size from a 50 pence piece to the whole head and can make people feel incredibly self-conscious. Whilst the cause is still unknown, certain triggers have been identified, largely relating to sudden shock or trauma. The impact causes the hair follicles to go into hibernation, suspending normal hair growth, which then makes hair fall out.

The good news is that, in most cases, the hair should grow back naturally in around 12 months following the initial incident which sparked the hair loss. Whilst for those with more stubborn cases, or who do not feel they can wait that long to see regrowth, there are effective alopecia areata treatments available.

Many people say how alone they can feel when their hair starts to fall out. However, whilst not much is known about it, Alopecia Areata is actually an incredibly widespread disorder which affects 2 per cent of the population worldwide. Whilst not everyone affected has the same luxury, some people who experience smaller patches of hair loss may be able to cover it up so that no-one ever knows.

Here is a list of nine celebrities who have spoken openly about their Alopecia Areata, and regained their hair, who you may not have known ever had issues with hair loss.

9 Celebrities Who Had Alopecia Areata and Whose Hair Has Regrown1   Viola Davis – Actress, How to Get Away With Murder

This ground-breaking, award-winning actress and Hollywood A-lister confessed to frequently wearing wigs on the red carpet to hide her patchy hair loss caused by alopecia areata. Now, her hair has regrown and she has graced the cover of high profile magazines including InStyle, wearing her natural hair – no wigs or extensions.

2   Jesy Nelson – Singer, Little Mix

The former X Factor contestant explained to the Little Mix website, “I was probably about 13 when my hair just started coming out. Stress can cause alopecia and it wasn’t nice. I got picked on because I’ve always liked to dress differently“. Now it has regrown, the pop star says she loves having ‘big hair’, adding, “I’ve never really wanted to fit in with everyone else. I like being individual. I think it’s cool.”

3   Sean Ward – Actor, Coronation Street

Sean Ward nearly missed out on getting his big break playing bad boy Callum Logan on top TV soap, Coronation Street. The actor considered quitting the profession when he started losing patches of hair to Alopecia Areata brought on by stress. His hairloss righted itself although it is unknown whether he used any form of treatment, such as high strength minoxidil, or if it regrew naturally.

4   Tyra Banks – Model & TV Presenter

Whilst presenting her successful TV series America’s Next Top Model, Tyra Banks always looked impeccably groomed. When she turned her hand to writing, however, the stress of fitting in a novel between her other business commitments became too much and, as she explained to the Wall Street Journal, “How can I say this without tearing up? I got a little alopecia from the stress.” 

5   Christopher Reeve – Actor, Superman

Forever famous for his role in the original Superman films, movie star Christopher Reeve revealed in his autobiography that he had alopecia areata at age 16. Combing his hair over the bald spots in an attempt to disguise them, he is thought to have had steroid injections every three months whilst filming Superman in 1978 in an attempt to regrow his hair.

6   Jemima Khan – Journalist and campaigner

A traumatic incident during a flight sparked off hair loss for Jemima Khan (also known by her maiden name, Jemima Goldsmith since her divorce from cricketer, Imran Khan). She experienced a patch of Alopecia Areata which regrew naturally although the hair initially, as can happen sometimes, grew back white. She told Vogue magazine, “I’ve had to dye it ever since.”

7   Jimi Mistry – Actor, East is East

Stress is thought to be one of the key triggers of Alopecia Areata and actor Jimi Mistry developed bald patches during a particularly anxious time in his life. Following nationwide success upon joining the Eastenders cast and international acclaim for his work in films like East is East, the attention made the star agoraphobic. Coupled with a strained marriage and not knowing who his biological father was, the actor – who is now married to his Strictly Come Dancing partner, Flavia Cacace – developed AA’s signature patchy hair loss, which later resolved itself.

8   Neve Campbell – Actress, Party of Five

The Scream actress also blames stress for her condition. In her case she believes the incredible stress of a crazy workload whilst going through a divorce and dealing with anxiety caused by stalkers triggered her autoimmune hair loss.

9   Ella Shaw – Singer, Britain’s Got Talent

Singer/songwriter, Ella Shaw developed Alopecia Areata in her last year of primary school, aged just 10 years old. Since taking part in shows like X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, she has used her rising profile to boost awareness and understanding of the condition as well as holding a charity concert to raise money for Alopecia UK. Ella said on the TV show, Lorraine, “It was quite a time… but I wouldn’t have wished it not to happen… it boosted my confidence and I want to try and spread the message that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and that things will be OK at the end.”


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22 Comments

2nd September, 2016 at 3:57 am

Shane Hiskins

Hi, Been diagnosed after blood tests with Alopecia Areata, I currently have 2 round bald spots on my scalp and have some white facial hair. Would love some help!

2nd September, 2016 at 8:46 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Shane, of course! One of the team will be in touch with you via email shortly regarding a consultation.

29th December, 2016 at 4:46 pm

Colette

Hi I was diagnosed with alopecia arrays a few month s back .. Just wondered what treatments are available. I have done my own but of research and a have seen a dermatologist for steroid shots a few weeks back. I'm in the LEeDs area many thanks Colette

11th January, 2017 at 2:03 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Colette, You can find information on our Alopecia Areata treatment options on our website - these mostly revolve around the use of high strength minoxidil, from the range carried at our in-clinic pharmacies, which is applied directly to the scalp. For personalised treatment recommendations please complete a quick and easy Online Consultation form and one of our specialists will get right back to you.

19th April, 2017 at 3:44 am

Mel

Hi I am 42 years old and started noticing my hair starting to thin on my front of my head I am so scared because these days looks seem to be a big issue I use to have amazing hair alopecia runs in my family my aunts and grandma had it so bad they wore wigs please help I do not want to he bald I already have issue with body dismorphoa I am trying rogain tired of crying daily I don't like to even look in the mirror anymore if u have Amy suggestions I would greatly appreciate it

26th April, 2017 at 1:23 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Mel. We hope this answer to your query from one of Belgravia's senior hair loss specialists, is helpful.

20th July, 2017 at 7:53 am

Maria

Hi thanks for helping !!! I have my daughter who is 5 years old she started with 2 patchs which now have grown hair and spots are not visible but now I see thinning around hairline I don't know if there is anything we can do since she is so young please help?????

20th July, 2017 at 10:29 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Maria, unfortunately she is too young for treatment. We recommend you speak to your doctor and perhaps a charity such as the Little Princess Trust or Alopecia UK who will be able to provide support and, if needed, a real hair wig free of charge. You can find their contact details on our UK Hair Loss Charities page.

1st August, 2017 at 2:46 pm

Sherry

can you email me treatment suggestions? there are several woman in my family who can use any information that is available. We are in the USA and cannot afford travel to the UK Thank you

3rd August, 2017 at 10:09 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Sherry, you can find out more about the available options on our Alopecia Areata treatment page and, for personalised recommendations for treatments we can send to the States, please complete this free online consultation.

13th August, 2017 at 4:34 pm

Jordan Johnson

Please Help my son is 14yrs old and he's got ALOPECIA so bad he bald with very little hair...HELP!!!!

14th August, 2017 at 11:59 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Jordan, unfortunately alopecia areata treatment is not suitable for under 16s. Because of your son's age we recommend speaking to charities such as Hero by LPT - the boys division of the Little Princess Trust, and to Alopecia UK who should be able to provide information and support for you and your son.

8th October, 2017 at 11:46 am

Nuno

My son is 3 years old and and has had slope his since 18 months he lost his eyebrows and had small spots around that time , the eye brows came back but not fully and his spots have gotten bigger, we leave his hair long to cover his spots but his hair is also thin so doesn’t help to much, I was wondering what you offer for kids.

16th October, 2017 at 9:40 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Nuno, we cannot treat children I'm afraid. Any issues with children's hair loss should be addressed via their GP though in cases of Alopecia Areata, charities such as Hero by LPT can be a great support too.

29th November, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Adam

Found a bald spot a bit bigger than a 20p coin a little over a week ago. I am now experiencing tingleing and itchness which I have read can lead to more patches. Just need a little advice.

4th December, 2017 at 3:56 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Adam, this certainly sounds most likely to be the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata. Frustratingly, this condition is something of an enigma, in that medical science has not yet confirmed its cause, though triggers such as shock, trauma and allergies are known, and much of the circumstances of the disorder - including whether it will spread or when it will stop and if it will restart again - are unable to be predicted. Often this condition will clear up by itself but treatment is also available to help speed up the process. If you would like personalised advice, please contact us to arrange a free consultation at our Central London or City of London hair loss clinics, or if it is easier due to your location, you can complete an online consultation form and one of our hair loss specialists will be in touch to go through everything with you.

19th December, 2017 at 5:33 am

Dez

Hi, I was diagnosed in 2008 with AA but I started losing my hair around 2005. I am still losing hair today. Due to the pattern that I am losing it, which is at the top in the "W" form like a male and also with diffused thinning all over, can I be helped without fake hair? I believe I have androgenetic, areata and ccc.

20th December, 2017 at 1:04 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Dez, here's a full response to your query from one of our senior hair loss specialists, we hope you find it helpful.

8th January, 2018 at 10:10 am

Manav Agarwal

I lost all my hair at the age of 8 recovered my eye brows and eye lashes at the age of 15 then again lost the same. Currently I am 18 years old. Is there any treatment to recover.

8th January, 2018 at 10:50 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Manav, we are only able to treat scalp-only hair loss so would recommend speaking to your doctor or dermatologist regarding regrowing your eyebrows and eyelashes.

2nd February, 2018 at 7:37 pm

Monique Ghamem

I have been diagnosed with alopecia Areata for more than 12 years. This last phase of hair lose has me very perplexed.is there anything at all that can be done. I was told that the cells where dead. Is there something that can stimulate them and bring them back to life?

5th February, 2018 at 12:49 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Monique, there is alopecia areata treatment available if you are experiencing the scalp-only form which causes bald spots and rounded patches; you can find out more via our alopecia areata page.

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